Personalise YOUR Statement!

Hey everyone, as there has been a lot of focus on freshers and getting started on university, I thought I would write a post that appeals to the students going through their UCAS application for entering university next year (September 2020). This can be a little stressful and perhaps overwhelming but worry not, I am here to tell you that this is normal.

This post will focus on Personal Statements as I was told in high school that this was the most important part about your UCAS application and in my own personal experience, this statement turned out to be very true.


A little background…

Once upon a time, I wanted to be an author, a teacher, a chef, no, I wanted to be a teacher again and then no, I wanted to be a publisher. When it finally came to writing my personal statement I decided I wanted to be a speech therapist. I went and did one days work experience and some workshops and thought, “this is what I want to do.” Little did I know, that was a BIG lie I told myself.

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It wasn’t until I began to write my personal statement did I realise that what I truly wanted to do in university is train to be a teacher. I realised this when I my careers teacher told me to write about why I wanted to be a speech therapist and what inspired me to want to study this course and I got as far as, “I want to study to become a speech therapist because…” Big seller that would have been, am I right?

After thinking about what to write for a while (three days), I soon realised that what I could write passionately about was why I wanted to be a teacher and why I think I would be great for the course. I don’t think I have ever been able to write so easily about myself like I did in my personal statement. 


What my point here is that, writing your personal statement about what YOU want to do should not be hard. If you truly want to study the course that have picked to write your personal statement about then you shouldn’t need to sit for three days thinking about why you want to be a speech therapist for example. Once I started writing about why I wanted to be a teacher, and why I thought I would be suited to the course I couldn’t turn back to tricking myself into thinking I wanted to a speech therapist. 

Your personal statement should be about why YOU want to study the course YOU have picked and not what you THINK you should study. After all, it is called a Personal Statement for a reason…

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I hope you found this useful for when it comes to writing your personal statement. Remember to keep it concise and to the point about why you want to study the course and really make sure you sell your skills and qualities but most importantly, make sure it is about what YOU want to do.

Thank you for reading, Lauren x

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

-Marc Anthony-

What to Watch?

Hi everyone! As we get closer to welcome week and the return of students to Edge Hill, there’s a lot of focus on welcome week, fresher’s activities and getting settled in. Since all of this has been covered already I thought for what looks to be my last blog I would do something a bit different and make a list of upcoming TV over the next few months which might be suitable for binge watching once the university quietens down and you find yourself with more free time.

The Witcher (Netflix) – TBC (2019)

As someone who is a big fan of the games, the show has a lot to live up to, but with a generous budget and Henry Cavill starring, this could be a show worth watching especially if your looking for something after Game of Thrones.

Big Mouth (Netflix) – Oct 4

Not for the faint of heart but definitely funny and could be perfect for watching with your mates. Season 3 is out later this year.

Mr Robot (Amazon Prime) – Oct 6

Starring Rami Malek who you might know as Freddie Mercury from Bohemian Rhapsody, Mr Robot seems to have been overlooked by most but it’s a tense thriller that deserves more peoples attention Season 4 is out this October.

His Dark Materials (BBC) – TBC (2019)

I don’t know a lot about this but it’s a co- venture between BBC and HBO so it must have a good budget, and is based on a series of highly regarded books. The show stars the likes of James McAvoy and is set to air on BBC one sometime later this year so might be one worth looking out for.

Top Boy (Netflix) – September 13

The first series originally aired on Channel 4 back in 2011 with only one follow up series in 2013. I caught it on Netflix a year or so back and have been waiting for the return ever since. Top Boy is a crime drama set in London so expect some violence. it’s minimal episode numbers mean every episode barely has a dull moment. Definitely one to watch.

The Crown (Netflix) – November 17

My girlfriend first got me to watching this back a few months ago, and I’ve been enjoying it ever since, the production value is insanely good and with series 3 seeing a new older cast featuring Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter, it’s definitely on my watch list.

So that’s the TV shows I’ll be watching over the coming months, I think it’s good to have a good variety. I hope at least one interests you if so that would be great!

This looks to be my last blog so thank you for reading if you have read any of my blogs over the past nine months and see you later!

Jordan

Making Friends 101

It’s getting closer to the day you all move in and start your university experience! i hope you are all enjoying binge watching what do bring with you to university videos on YouTube (please tell me I was not the only one!)

As a girl who moved from Ireland to Edge Hill University, I thought that making friends would be the hardest part about university but low and behold I was very surprised…doing your own washing is the hardest part. However, although it is not the hardest part about starting university and I had a very good friend that I knew from home, it can be quite nerve-wracking especially if you are introverted like I was so, here are some of my tips on how I managed to get people to be in my company voluntarily.

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BE YOUR BEST SELF!

I’m sorry for how cliche this is but it is seriously so true. People have this weird ability to sense if people are being fake and this only heightens when you get to university. I will admit that I was very scared to be myself in front of my fellow classmates and flat mates but once I got comfortable, let’s just say that we are now very close and they know why I am not myself around everyone I meet…

Societies will be your first best friend!

I have heard that joining these at the very start of the year can be so useful when wanting to make friends in an environment that you are comfortable in. For example, there are musical theatre groups, dance groups, Doctor Who groups and many more that you would never think of. Don’t make the mistake I made and not join one of these!

Go on nights out!

This is another classic case of do as I say and not as I do. I made the mistake of not going out much with my flat mates and not being able to meet new people outside of my course. I now have learnt that while being an introvert is not a bad thing, it can be damaging when you want to meet new people. Take my advice and push yourself to socialise outside the confines of your flat because, while it might be hard and scary you won’t regret it!

Now that I read this blog again, I really should have titled it, ‘Mistakes I made whilst trying to make friends.’ I really hope that you find the friends you deserve because they really do make the difference to your university experience.

“Be genuinely interested in everyone you meet and everyone you meet will be genuinely interested in you”

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Welcome Week at Edge Hill!

From your Welcome Sunday on the 15th September, there is a whole week ahead of fun things for you to do! These events will get you to socialise with new people and hopefully make new friends too!

15th September

Welcome Sunday AND launch party! This is primarily for new students but anyone can come along! Only £5 to get in – definitely not one to miss!

16th September

  • Make your own plant! – Make your own plant and take it away for free! From 2-4pm in the HUB.
  • Tour of Ormskirk – Guides will take you around Ormskirk to show you how to get into town through the free shuttle bus as well as showing you what is around in the town centre. From 5-6pm on the 16th and is free! Meet by couches in the HUB on the ground floor.
  • Milk – LGBTQ night! – Starting from 9pm, the LGBTQ night is for everyone! Only £5 entry on the door and held at Venue.

17th September

  • Bracelet making – The first crafter-noon held from 2-4pm in the HUB upstairs.
  • Bubble football – 12-3pm. To be able to book all you have to do is email: campus-sport@edgehill.ac.uk.
  • Mature students meet and greet – Held from 6:30-8:30 in the SUBar! Chilled out atmosphere and everyone can get social!
  • Free film screening – Held in the Arts Centre on Edge Hill’s campus. From 7pm and is Free!
  • Quiz night! – A special welcome week quiz special. Starting at 9pm in the SU bar.
  • Level takeover! – 10pm – 4am. Edge Hill have teamed up with nightclub Level in Liverpool. Available to get wristbands on welcome Sunday which is only £7.

18th September

  • Welcome fair – 10:30 am till 3pm in the HUB. This a where all of the societies and sport clubs come together so you can join and sign up to any one you like!
  • Vintage Sale pop up – 10am -5pm held in the Venue.
  • Board game night – Held upstairs in the hub from 6-8pm.
  • Foam Party – Another great night held in the Venue on Campus. Starting from 9pm and only £4 entry.

19th September

  • The Dye – Another crafter-noon on Edge Hill campus. Held between 2-4pm. Outside SU Bar.
  • Roller Disco – 6-8pm in the Wilson Gym. Book through campus-sport@edgehill.ac.uk.
  • Tropical Party – 9pm in the SU Bar and Venue. Only £5 entry on the door.

20th September

  • Friday night karaoke – held in the SU bar from 9pm and it is free entry! One of the best nights we do and is a laugh.

These are only some of the events Edge Hill are doing throughout the week. You can find out more by clicking this website below:

https://www.edgehillsu.org.uk/welcomeweek19

Ellis x

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Uni Essentials

Seeing as a lot of you guys are now preparing for University, I thought this would be a great time to suggest essentials for University life when you move in. So, these are my essentials!

Firstly the Bedroom: this is what I took with me:

  • Bedding – 2 duvet sets, 2 pillows, mattress protector and a duvet.
  • Storage – A couple f=of baskets and laundry bag (go to Primark!).
  • Pictures and lighting – fairy lights, a lamp and loads of pictures of friends and family.
  • Clothing – There is quite a bit of storage for clothing in the accommodation buildings. You’ll figure out what you like to wear most within the first few weeks at Uni.
  • Decoration – Anything you want to show off your personality or just for comfort. For me I bought a grey blanket, extra pillows, fake plants (or real ones if you prefer), and some other small decorative pieces. There is a fair in the HUB at Edge Hill that sells posters, I highly recommend going here as it will bring colour to your room.
  • Hangers – Both clothing hangers and over the door hangers. This is very much a space saver in your room.

Next, the bathroom:

This is the exact storage box I used for my bathroom at Edge Hill.
  • Bath/shower matt – so you don’t slip in the shower.
  • A set of small draws or box – so you can put any spare shower gel or other essentials in there to keep your bathroom tidy.
  • Towels – I recommend bringing 2 sets with you, so you still have one if the other needs washing. I had 2 big towels, 2 hand towels and 2 hair towels.
  • Holders – toothbrush and hand wash holders to be exact.
  • Cleaning products – toilet bleach, antibacterial wipes.

Lastly, the kitchen:

  • Utensils – Spatula, wooden spoon, tongs, scissors, garlic crusher etc. You can normally get a pack of all of this from Ikea or a homeware store.
  • Crockery – Get a mixture of everything, but keep numbers to a minimum: 2 plates, 2 small plates, 2 bowls, 2 mugs, 2 glasses, knives, forks and spoons, plus anything else you would like.
  • Cleaning products – disinfectant, antibacterial wipes.
  • Storage – a few freezable containers, sandwich bags and tinfoil.
  • Extra’s – I realised when you’re at Uni, a staple is cheese toasties, so I got a toastie maker which also makes waffles and panini’s too. Definitely one of my favourite buys.

Ellis x

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Mentally preparing for university!

Hi everyone, hope you’re well!

With September fast approaching, comes with planning and preparing for university if this is what you’re going on to do. I am studying English and Education and am in September, starting second year. I moved out of Halls on campus in June and after spending July and August at home working, going away and catching up with friends, which has been nice, I now do feel ready to start back at Edge Hill. In today’s blog, I will be suggesting some tips to help you to feel ready, prepared, excited and relaxed for your time at university, whatever year you are starting or age you are!

When it comes to making friends- everyone is in the same boat!

Last year, when I moved into Halls and started my course , I was worried about who I would be living and being on my course with during first year, whether they would like me and get on, hoping that I would feel at home at Edge Hill and in the flat. But I remember collecting my keys and having my photo taken for my student ID and talking to some girls in the queue. They felt nervous and excited, just like I did and it was then I realized that everyone, no matter how old they were, where they were from or what course they did, was in the exact same boat I was. It is so important to treat others how you’d like to be treated in life, and this definitely goes for at uni, so times when others feel homesick,stressed or worried about something, just think about how you’d like someone to treat you and let them know you care and are there for them!

If you forget something when packing, it can always be sent in the post or collected next time you visit home!

I know this one seems very obvious, but it was something I didn’t really think about when i was packing last year! I brought basically everything I could think of, and of course it’s important to have the things you need, but it’s also important not to over pack, especially if your flat is like mine and has lots and lots of stairs haha! It’s important to bring the things you need, then extra things like decoration for your room and food, when you get to uni and keep extra room in the car for bulky things like your duvet and clothes airer!

There is always someone there for you!

I remember when i first moved into Halls last year with my parents, they helped me move all my things and gets settled in. When I was all settled in, it was then time for them to leave me and go back home. I waved them off in the car, and as I watched them drive away I was hit with the sudden realization that this was it, I was at university! I suddenly left quite lonely and like I didn’t know what to do next, I got lost on my way back to the flat and I could feel myself panicking a bit. But when I made my way back, i was greeted by a few of my flatmates who had moved in and immediately started talking with them and was offered a cup of tea! I knew then that everything would be ok and that someone will always be there for me. I rang my parents that night and my best mates and my boyfriend and I knew that everything would be alright and I would enjoy my first year at Edge Hill.

I hope you enjoyed the blog and bets of luck with moving into your accommodation and starting uni!

Alice 🙂

Welcome Sunday!

Hey guys, so as all of you who have now been accepted into Edge Hill Uni, your move in date is most likely the 15th September. This is also known as Welcome Sunday. This day is all to do with moving your things in so you can get settled before starting your studies at Edge Hill!

When you first pull into the carpark (or walk in if you came by train), you will go straight to enrolment so that academic registry can give you your pass card and keys to your flat. This is a very straight forward process and there are many individuals round campus to help you out so you know where you’re going.

Once you’ve finished with enrolment, you will then start moving all of your belongings from your car/van and take them to your accommodation. Or, as i like to say it, your home for the next year! Again, there will be loads of people round campus there to give you a helping hand. Not only that, but they offer trollies to unload all of your stuff onto as well as a little car which has a cage attached. Although that would be the ideal and easier option, there will be a queue for it so you may have to wait a little while.

As soon as you’ve moved your things into your room, I recommend to start making your bed and putting things in place just so that you don’t have to think about it that much later. This is because you’ll probably want to be around people when your parents go. That’s how I felt anyway as I’m quite far away from home when I go to Edge Hill. However, if you want to spend a little bit more quality time with your parents, there are a few restaurants nearby so you can have some food: The Sandpiper and The Stanley Gate are good choices but, there is also a Wetherspoons in Ormskirk town too for the cheaper option.

I hope this has given you some sort of idea to what Welcome Sunday will be like. If you have any questions, just drop them down below in the comments.

Ellis x

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Taking the pressure off…

Hey everyone, I hope you’re all getting excited about starting your course at Edge Hill University! Be sure to check out the social media sites so you can keep up to date on Q&A conversations, campus activities and fresher updates.

Take this blog as a piece of advice from a now second year university student where I talk about why it is important not to let your course dominate your whole university experience and why you should keep up with your hobbies and not abandon them to focus solely on your course.


When I first started university, I was so ready to dive straight in to work and be on top of my assignments, homework and reading. While I did do this through-out my first year, I now realised how much of the experience of university I missed out on. For example, having last minute, middle of the day movies with my flat, going shopping with my flat-mates, having dinner and lunch together and just missing out on moments because I was always in the library trying to be on top of everything.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad thing because you do end up being way ahead of everyone in terms of work and you should still try to do this but just remember that this can be done in a way that doesn’t mean you will miss out on a bunch of memories like I did. This is a classic case of do as I say and not as I do…

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My Advice for not letting your course consume you!

I don’t mean that you should completely abandon your lectures and never do your assignments just in case you thought that was what I was saying. If I were to give my first year self some advice I would tell her to go to lectures and do your assignments in a nice relaxed pace and don’t try and get things done and dusted as quickly as possible!

I would tell myself to hang out with my flat more rather than go to library for most of the day because you’re going to miss out on some really good times.

I would tell myself to put time and effort into my course and make sure that I am performing and achieving to the best of my ability but don’t let it take away from your overall experience.

I would finally tell myself to keep up with my hobbies! Luckily I still went to the gym and went for walks which was something I really loved but I also wished I kept doing photography and used my free time to play around with this hobby. This was the most important advice I could have given myself because I got a sense of freedom when I did take a break from my course and focused on my hobby.

My hobby, Photography!

I hope this helps someone who like me, likes to stay on top of work and feels the need to constantly work! Trust me, this quality is a great thing to have when work needs to be done but, when it doesn’t need to be done right away, live your university experience.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt-

Meal Ideas for Uni

Hi guys and gals as we get closer to the start of another year, It got me thinking about what new stuff I want to try/cook while away from home, which also made me think about some of the main things I cook at the moment. I decided to make this blog just in case it gives anyone unsure of what to cook while on their own some inspiration.

Chicken and Noodles

At uni sometimes meals just need to be cheap and nutritious without being overly elaborate and this is one of my go to favourites. Cook off some chicken breast, I usually buy large frozen bags since they are more cost friendly, when the chicken is nearly done, boil and simmer some egg fried noodles, dice the cooked chicken and add back into the saucepan used to boil the now drained noodles. Then finally you want to add a stir fry sauce sachet, you can get these in most food shops, recommended flavours include: Hoisin and Garlic and Sweet Chilli. The sachets usually say serves 2 but I find one sachet per person is more generous and your done. Simple and full of nutritional value.

All Day Breakfast Wrap

This one has been my go two plenty of times, more comfort food than healthy meal but sometimes you need that come mid January, fry or grill off your breakfast items of choice. I usually go with bacon sausage and fried eggs (I eat a lot) Then add it all into a wrap, you can also add some grated cheese for extra taste.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Sometimes looks complicated but is actually pretty simple. Add mince to a saucepan and cook till browned, then I would usually just add a jar of bolognese sauce, Dolmio is always a good bet to add to the mince and simmer for however long the jar says. While it’s simmering boil some pasta of your choice, drain and add to the mince and sauce, simple. If your a bit more adventurous I usually fry off onions and mushrooms and mix them in to the bolognese at the end. You can also make extra extra bolognese and chuck it in the fridge, then next day just microwave it off and all you have to cook is pasta.

So there’s a few of the things I would make when i’m at uni. You’ve probably heard the whole ‘living off pot noodles’ thing but honestly if you want proper meals there easy to make, trust me. Thanks for reading!

Jordan

Discount Hacks

As starting University is fast approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to go through hacks at University. Specifically, discounts. Everyone loves a discount especially students as you get to not spend as much money. These are just a few of the ones I use on a regular basis.

NUS Card – With this card, it gives you a vast majority of discounts when you go out. You are able to apply for the card for 1, 2 or 3 years. If you chose to get it only for one year, it will cost £20 a year, but the idea is that if you get it for 3 years, it is cheaper overall.

UNIDays – This is a great app that has a variety of discounts for students. Whether you want to eat out, shop or go on a day out with your friends. The app constantly updates with new discounts available and if you sign up to their email, you get alerts about this too. All you have to do is download the app and put in your University email address and you’re a member.

Student Beans – Similar to Unidays, but it does have a different selection of discounts available. Again, all you have to do is download the app and enter in your details.

Amazon Prime – As a student, you can get an amazon prime account for only £3.99 a month or for £40 a year. This allows you to get free one day delivery on all the stuff on the website that states ‘prime’. Also, you can use it to stream and download all the videos and tv shows you want to watch. Trust me, you’ll be doing a lot of binge watching tv-series at University.

Spotify – With Spotify, you can get premium music for just £4.99 a month. This means you have unlimited skips on your songs, and you can download as many as you would like.

These are just a few of the discounts I’ve used regularly. They will help you throughout your University life trust me. Even if it’s just 10% here and there.

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